Voting yet to begin in Abia by 11:20
By Steve Oko
The presidential and national assembly elections are yet to commence in Umuahia, Abia State as at 11:02 am when our correspondent visited some of the polling units.
Voters were observed in their large numbers anxiously waiting to perform their civic responsibility in the polling centres visited.
The voters were furious over the late commencement of the exercise which they alleged was deliberate and intended at disenfranchising them.
Speaking with our correspondent, an aggrieved voter who identified himself as Ochomma Best expressed fury over the development.
He said “it is wickedness to delay voting till now. I was here before 8am yet up till now 11:20am nothing has happened “.
In an interview, the Presiding Officer in charge of Ugba 1 polling unit, Blessing Anarah apologized for the ugly development.
The Presiding Officer, however said whatever time wasted would be added before the closure of polls.
She said they were waiting for the Electoral Officer to give them the code to activate the card readers.
The Corps member also said the presidential result sheet was also not available in all the polling unit.
Ugba is the polling unit of the former Governor of the state and the incumbent Senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Orji.
The centre has about seven polling units.
Later in an interview, the Candidate of the Young Progressive Party ,YPP ,Mr. Okezie Obasi expressed disappointment over the development .
He described it as a sign of incompetence and inefficiency on the part of INEC.
Obasi said the ” this means that our institutions need to be strengthened “.
” I consider it a sign of inefficiency on the part of INEC “.
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